about us

Natural State Treehouses Inc., based in Northwest Arkansas, specializes in custom play structures, swingsets and treehouses for children and adults.  We believe that everyone needs  a place to play outside, to connect with nature and our own imaginations, to escape from the world for a while.

Here are a few things that set us apart:

  • Custom design - Whether it's a swingset with a tower and slide, or a writer's retreat in the trees, or a life-size doll house that matches the design of your house, the best designs come out of conversation.  We'll sit (and draw) with you until we find the perfect design to fit your needs.
  • Quality materials - We only use the best regionally sourced cedar and cypress lumber.  Why? Because it lasts, it looks beautiful, and it's naturally resistant to the elements without chemical preservatives found in pressure treated wood - chemicals that can leach arsenic and other harmful substances on to your hands and into your soil.  Plus, we just don't like the idea of using redwood lumber shipped from California. We also use non-toxic, environmentally-friendly paints and stains. Read more about the durability and sustainability of cypress here.
  • Craftsmanship - All too often, we see playsets that are poorly constructed and poorly installed, often creating unsafe environments for kids.  Our work is done in the old style, using time-tested standards of true craftsmanship.  Our structures are safe and are meant to last.

Who is Natural State Treehouses?

photo courtesy Nick Brothers/The Free Weekly
Natural State Treehouses Inc. is owned by Josh and Kate Hart. We married in 2001, and both graduated from Hendrix College with degrees in history. Josh went on to work as a landscaper, a brewing and hydroponics expert, and a manager at the local performing arts center. Kate spent several years teaching, then wrote grants and marketing materials for a nonprofit organization. These days, Kate maintains NST's internet outposts and writes novels, while Josh designs and builds the creations you see here.

We're also lucky to call on several skilled carpenters for assistance on some projects, including Ansel Ogle and Nick Lahonick.

How did Natural State Treehouses come about?

One Christmas, we wanted to surprise our two little boys with a brand new playset. We quickly discovered that most commercial sets are flimsy, expensive, and made of wood imported from other countries. With Santa's arrival imminent, we made do with a used playset from Craiglist, but the real gift was the question our oldest son asked: "Is this playset recycled?" The idea for Natural State Treehouses was born, and we started by building our own.